Tuesday, 12 April 2016

PASTASCIUTTA ..........


Pastasciutta is the Italian word for the countless, delicious pasta and sauce dishes that Neapolitans love so much.....



..... and I absolutely love it too !!!!



I could eat it everyday but restrict it to once a week .



I'm afraid that I never make my own pasta but that's not laziness .... I actually prefer dried pasta to fresh but .....




but, if Natalio here would like to come round and persuade me otherwise and give me a few lessons ..... !!!!!!!!



I read somewhere that Italians only make pasta for special occasions but perhaps my Italian blogging friend Maria who comments here can tell us if that's true or not.




I really don't mind what sauce is on it ..... it can be a simple fresh tomato sauce, primavera, vongole, bolognaise, lemon artichoke, cheese, alfredo, puttanesca, carbonara ..... whatever it is, I'll eat it !!!! My trouble is, I always cook enough pasta to feed the entire street !! ...... and, it's usually quicker to make a pasta sauce than to order a take-away.





caramelised onion and roasted garlic .........



garlic butter with spinach and Parmesan .....



You can even have brussel sprouts on it !!!!!!





I also love fish but that's another story !!!!

What's your favourite pasta sauce or favourite food ?


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Jackie

56 comments:

  1. Jacqueline, you can pop in here any time you want, even uninvited, I would rustle up a pasta dish for you in the flash of an eyelash. My Mr France calls me the pasta sauce queen, as I can make a sauce using any left overs from the fridge to top pasta. I too would take a course on how to make my own fresh pasta if was that guy with the tea towel slung over his shoulder in such a nonchalant way. I think he'll never be out of work after all your followers have seen this post , I'd share him with you. Love all your pictures,

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    1. I'll be there as fast as a plane can carry me Barbara .... I love pasta that much !!!! XXXX

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  2. Oh Jacqueline.... you have touched my heart (stomach) here. I adore pasta in almost every way. Back in the 60's I had an Italian girlfriend who used to cook it with just garlic, olive oil, and a bit of chicken stock cube; it changed my view of pasta for ever. We eat it at least twice a week.

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    1. We do sometimes have pasta more than once a week Cro ...... when I was doing this post , I had decided on fish for the evening but, looking at all that pasta I had to make it !! Your Italian girlfriend knew what she was doing ...... the best sauces are often the simplest aren't they ? XXXX

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  5. Hi Jackie - fab pasta post, I'm almost hungry for a bowl and it's early morning here! You found some great photos.

    My favorite, and so easy to make in one bowl over one pot, pasta recipe, is very quick and enjoyed by all I've served it to. It's penne with gorgonzola sauce.

    Another, is this fabulous Brian Glover (what a great British chef/food writer) tagliatelle with squash (or can use pumpkin) and walnuts -

    Here's a link - http://abreathoffreshair-mary.blogspot.com/2015/02/nutty-pasta-dish.html

    Hope Spring has arrived in London and you are enjoying some lovely warm blossom filled days. See the storms are terrible down in my dear southwest - damage and flooding again!

    Hugs - Mary

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    1. I love pretty much any pasta sauce Mary and I have made it with gorgonzola. I'll definitely have a look at your link and make that one.
      It's a lovely sunny Spring day here but still a little cold....... it must be awful to be flooded out ..... I feel so sorry for anyone who has suffered flooding. XXXX

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  6. Gorgeous photos Jacqueline. I have an Italian American friend that says her family eats pasta everyday. My personal favs are puttanesca and carbonara. So easy to make but I rarely cook any more.

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    1. I always make my own sauces Donna ..... so easy aren't they ? I would also eat it everyday but try to restrain myself !!!! XXXX

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  7. Does Natalio look a bit like Poldark or am I imagining it? Either would do..

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    1. He does a bit Jessica ...... I love Poldark and can't wait for the new series.
      Poldark and pasta, I can't think of anything nicer !!!! ....... perhaps the subject for a future post !!!!! XXXX

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  8. Mmmh - yummy, yummy - you make my mouth water, Jackie! I love both fresh and dried pasta - but the fresh one I buy (being lazy AND knowing when others can do it better). Son makes a wonderful fresh German sort of Bavarian pasta (yes, that really exists! But then: they are near Italy). I have cookbooks by Sophia Loren (and her book on beauty) - and she is a very sensible woman, I like her!

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    1. I love both sorts too Britta and I could eat a bowl of your son's pasta right now { and it's only 10.30 a.m !!!!! } I am sure that I would also love Sophia Loren's cookbook ..... I have a cookbook all about Venitian cooking which I love. XXXX

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  9. Lovely post with beautiful pictures Jacqueline!
    I love pasta, but we do not eat it every day.
    In the old days, Italian housewives made fresh homemade pasta using their own hen eggs. Today the majority of woman work and do not have time.
    I make my own homemade pasta but not as my mum and grandmother taught me; they rolled the pastry "sheet" onto the table with a long rolling pin, allowed it to dry a little, then rolled it up and cut it into strips to form "tagliatelle". I now use a hand winding pasta machine - lazy me! I make it when I have guests or on special occasions, for example, I make homemade tortellini for Christmas.
    Dry pasta is just as good and 80 grams of dry pasta per person is the ideal amount to eat. Pasta does not make you fat it is the sauce you put on it that makes you fat.
    Oh, and by the way, may I share the chef with everyone here too.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Ah ...... there you are Maria and thanks for helping me with my pasta measurements !!!!! I think that I always over estimate as I would hate not to cook enough !!!! haha
      We have a programme here called ' Two Greedy Italians ' with Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo travelling around Italy cooking and talking about food and Italy. They said on one programme how many young Italian girls don't cook anymore like their mum's and grandmothers which is a shame isn't it ?
      Jamie Oliver does a good trick ..... he buys fresh lasagne sheets, rolls them and cuts them into tagliatelle !!! Mind you, it would be easier to just buy fresh tagliatelle !!!!
      Thanks for your lovely pasta comment from someone who really knows !! XXXX

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  10. Lasagne with salmon and spinach is my favorite.....love from me happy week enjoy spring warm hugs Ria x❤️❤️❤️

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    1. That sounds delicious Ria .... I'll have a go at that one !
      ...... oh, and, I forgot to take the snow off ..... I shall do that today !! XXXX

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  11. OOhh Jackie! Pasta!!!
    I want to try making it at some point, but dried is fine w/us. At the Cleveland market they have a vendor who sells some beautiful pastas - my favorites the spinach and wild mushroom! xox

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    1. Hi Carol ...... I do like cooking but I'm afraid that I can't be bothered to make my own pasta especially as I like the dried and fresh pasta that we can buy here.
      Spinach and wild mushroom ..... delicious. XXXX

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  12. Working on the PASTA sauce right now!CON FUNGHI questa sera!I married the MAN Born DOWN by NAPLES grew up in ROME...........therefore, WE EAT PASTA!I have never made it.......just do not have the space in the kitchen or the desire when I can get the ITALIAN stuff here.YOU are RIGHT........much faster then ordering TAKE OUT!MY favorite does not REALLY have a name CRUSHED TOMATOES,BUTTER, whipping cream and some basil.......EASY and FAST and PINK SAUCE!We always have PESTO on HAND.........HE makes it for the YEAR!I did a POST on it awhile back.............ITALIANS eat PASTA almost every night......or DAY.IN moderation of course....................BOUN APPETITO!XX

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    1. Hi Elizabeth ..... How fortunate to be married to an Italian ....... and he makes a years worth of pesto ..... yum !! Your tomato sauce sounds perfect ...... I shall be making that one and, so simple.
      Boun appetito to you too !!! XXXX

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  13. I just read MARIA's response........80 grams per person............MY husband always said 100 grams!My husband always said too PASTA willNOT make YOU FAT!
    XX

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    1. My husband also says 100grams, Contessa, he and son would eat lots more when they make their own ( when, of course, I'm not looking!), but 80 is considered "ideal". I was "helping" Jackie on the amount so she needn't feed the entire street :-)

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    2. Haha Maria ....... your help is much appreciated !!! I actually have a small bowl of spaghetti that was left over from last night as I made too much !! XXXX

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    3. Elizabeth .... I could probably eat 300 grammes given half the chance but I restrain myself !! XXXX

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  14. How wonderful to see a post from you, Jackie! I love the way you've curated this one!
    My favorite pasta sauce is whatever I can throw together with the ingredients on hand. In fact, that's the way I prefer to cook everything these days. I no longer use recipes and
    I've given away all my cookbooks except Julia Child and Elizabeth David. And they are both just for reading.

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    1. Ahwww, thanks Shawn ...... My posts and blog is a little shallow and I tend to do rather frivolous posts but then that was the sort of blog that I chose to do ..... I rather shy away from the deep and meaningful subjects !!!!
      .... and, that is what is so brilliant about pasta, isn't it ..... there's nearly always something in the fridge or cupboard that will make a delicious sauce.
      Ahhhh .... Julia Child and Elizabeth David ..... brilliant. XXXX

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  15. It is eleven o'clock at night and now I am very hungry for pasta . . .
    Oh my . . . sounds delicious . . .

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    1. Any time is pasta time Lynne !!!! XXXX

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    1. Une simple sauce est toujours délicieux et ne prend pas de temps. Bon appetit. XXXX

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  17. Those past dishes look delicious Jacqui. When Natalio has learned you how to make pasta the way Italians do, please send him over here too! Enjoy your evening.

    Madelief xox

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    1. Hi Madelief ....... you can have Natalio when I've finished with him .... haha !!!! .... we can share him !!
      Your garden is looking so lovely .... it's always a treat to see it, whatever the season. XXXX

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  18. Hello Jacqueline,
    I share your love for pasta too. I had an Italian boyfriend who loved to cook and I picked up his recipes for: meat sauce, pasta and lasagna, which I cook weekly. The recipes survived which is more than I can say for Romeo. I sometimes saute courgettes, cut in the same long shape as spaghetti and add to the pasta. I saves a few calories.
    Have a special weekend
    Helen
    PS Did you persuade Natalio to visit?

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    1. Hi Helen,
      An Italian boyfriend seems like a good boyfriend to have, especially if he gave tips on pasta sauces !!!! Everyone seems to be into vegetable sprializers at the moment .... I couldn't completely substitute veg for pasta but mixing the two seems a great idea ..... thanks for the tip !!
      I'm afraid that Natalio is just a fantasy but a girl can dream !!!! XXXX

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  19. Mmmmmmmm, mouth watering much. Roasted onion and garlic. Or a basic tomato sauce, gluten free pasta for me though! :-) xxx

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    1. Any sauce will do for me !!!!! ..... and lot's of it !! XXXX

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  20. I adore pasta of any description, as long as it's vegetarian. Especially with a nice creamy sauce and a few tasty vegetables. I could cheerfully eat pasta every day of the week. My mother claims to love Italy and all things Italian, yet she's not keen on pasta or pizza. Make sense of that!

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    1. I am not vegetarian but we don't eat a great deal of meat Nick ...... fish is my favourite.
      .... there are many vegetarians in our family and I have eaten some lovely vegetarian meals. My niece, who is a veggie, had a delicious vegetarian wedding breakfast...... I think that I just love food !!!!! Your mum is probably typical of her age group although, to give her credit, Italians do make some delicious meals that don't involve pasta or pizza don't they ?!!!! XXXX

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  21. Ah Pasta! Just made a beeyootiful spring pesto pasta with a fattening bechamel sauce. It was silky heaven on a plate. That said, I restrict pasta to once a month. boo

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    1. That sounds delicious ...... I daren't have pasta too often as I pile it on the plate !!!!! .... once a month is a good idea. XXXX

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  22. Hi.....just had to say that I keep coming back to look at the top pic! something about it is so very pleasing....does that make me weird?? and of course I like pasta too........but only once a week....although going to Italy on holiday this year so may come back with a change of mind...x

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    1. Oh Libby ..... Pasta in Italy is the nectar of the God's ...... It is always perfectly cooked and their sauces are so simple and fresh..... I can taste it now.
      .. And I know what you mean about the top picture ..... So that would make me weird too !!!!!!! XXXX

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  23. I love pasta too but only have it every so often. My favorite sauce is very simple - olive oil, lots of garlic, red pepper flakes and spinach or broccoli tossed in. Love it! Lots of love to you, Jackie. We are heading to London, West Yorkshire and Barcelona at the end of June. Getting excited! I hope all is well with you and Mr H and your lovely grandchildren!! Lots of love to you! xxoo

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  24. Ha! Your posts always make me smile and chuckle...I'm sure many of us women could be convinced by "Julio" above. lol So....my favorite pasta...I do love Fettuccine but sadly, since my liver surgery 8 years or so ago, I can no longer eat it without it making me sick. So, I pretty much stick to a good spaghetti with a delicious homemade sauce that Michael makes. :)

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  25. J'aime les pâtes, c'est trop bon, surtout quand je les fais moi-même :)

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